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Friday, January 26, 2018

In life, there are challenges. Physical challenges, mental challenges, all kinds of challenges. I know this, and I also know it takes action and more action to overcome challenges, no matter what the challenge may be.

So, why did I let myself get lulled into complacency? I had begun relaxing in my diet. A few carbs here, a few carbs there adding up to too dang many carbs. I was oblivious to what was going on in my body. I am a type 2 diabetic, and I let my guard down. My blood glucose had been under control through diet and exercise for many years. About a year ago my glucometer broke, and I never got a new one, because I had done so well, for so long I didn't see the need to replace it.

My red flag came after having my blood work done. I got the results and was mortified to discover that my morning fasting glucose was 121. WOW! What a shock it was to me. It just couldn't be so. After all, I had done so well for so long.

I guess I was back to wanting to eat what I wanted when I wanted it, and still have a healthy body.

I didn't eat high sugar foods, but I had let myself eat "low sugar" foods. Turned out to be a slippery slope now, didn't it? The most disturbing thing to me, was how easily I slipped into the old behaviors, without even being aware of it. I thought I was smarter than that! Alas, I'm human. I make mistakes.

The only question now, is what am I going to do about it?

I'll tell you what I am going to do. I am going to change my attitude get off my laurels and put my health first again. I am the author of my life. I have a choice, I can choose to slowly die of diabetes, or I can do what is within my power to keep that from happening.

It's work, you know, hard work. I am a reformed "Do it the easy way" personality. At one time I believed, "The easier, The better." I thought I had sufficiently learned the err of that belief.

Hmmmmm, guess I still have a lot to learn, huh?

I know from personal experience the work is worth it. I am going to use all of this information to propel me in the right direction.

It's a redirect. That is all it is. I have the power to choose, and I choose life.

I'm speaking the truth to me today. I am worth all the work. I deserve the benefits that come from that work. No one but me can turn this thing around. I am willing to do the hard work. I am willing to ask for help when I need to.

I am surrounded by people who support me. Who love me.

And what about those G-Kids? I believe I owe them a happy, healthy Granny. I want to be able to give them the best of me, and I don't want to do that missing a leg, or hooked up to a dialysis machine.

One good thing is I never stopped my exercising. I do it daily. So, I'm good there.

It's all in the attitude and the mind. This is a wonderful blessing. I found out in time to make the changes I need to make in order to maintain my health. I have a new glucometer, and am using it. I am going to push where I need to push, and forgive myself for veering off course.

This is a new dawn. A marvelous chance to take good care of myself. The rewards are mine to enjoy. As a matter of fact, I am enjoying those rewards tomorrow. I am having Movie Day with my two awesome Grand-Boys.

So, thank God for challenges, and the ability to overcome them.

If you have had a set back. A hard time sticking to your food plan. Or just feel unmotivated, you are not the only one. I proudly stand beside you, and cheer you on in your journey.

Together is how we do it.

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    I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey we ALL hit bumps in the road (heck, I've wandered off the road ENTIRELY before!). The IMPORTANT thing is to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and continue to head in the right direction. It sounds like that is EXACTLY what you're doing. Know there are lots of us right alongside you, cheering you on!
    794 days ago
    You have great determination! I am convinced you will be successful!
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  • EABL81
    Good for you for your resolve to do what's needed for your health. We all slip up from time to time, but you're on top of it again and for all the right reasons.
    795 days ago
    Great Job articulating your challenge and expressing your determination to bring it back into alignment. You will do it, with conviction. Have a great weekend making healthy choices.
    795 days ago
    We all sometimes think we can get where we want to be some other way except to just get in and do the work. I'm talking to myself here! Good for you to get in there and get it done.
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